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Archive for January, 2020

 

The loss of Kolbe Bryant is so sad on the sports scene where he excelled. A family life with those loved left behind. A rough road ahead, no doubt to lose husband and daughter and children to lose their father and sister.

It sounds like before the crash, they had a delay “in the air” while fog could clear or safe routes could be found. It amounted to fifteen minutes, at least. Tom and I experienced that kind of “in the air” delay on a flying adventure we undertook in the Hawaiian Islands.

 

 

On our 40th anniversary, the very date of June 19, Tom wanted to celebrate with a helicopter ride on Maui and we did so, boarding a two seater, right behind the pilot flying machine and away we went in perfect weather. He flew us back into the green valleys and hills to see beautiful interior tall waterfalls you could not get to by foot. He intended to fly us over the top of Mt. Haleakula.

But a breeze came up and he had to turn back. Flying back into the valley, the breeze turned to wind and the wind turned to rain storm that began swaying the helicopter sideways and tilted. The pilot had to mount height to get up and over a low mountain top (like the one that always opened in M*A*S*H) and he had his hands full, radioing what his attempts were and what he could/could not try — we heard it all (I was into my Hail Mary’s). He told us to stay quiet and was a wonderful pilot that finally pulled up over the ridge and headed out to follow the water’s edge back to the airport.

That night, we feasted and enjoyed the best lulau food and entertainment in Hawaii, and were called down to dance under the stars (feet on the ground) to celebrate with others who had anniversaries. The gift of grace as we continued life through our 50th coming up on our 55th this year in a few months.

I realize the news will be endless about the professional star Kobe was. My thoughts and prayers are with his young widow and mother of two other now fatherless daughters. God bless them one and all.

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The Wonder of It All

 

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish of the sea speak to you. They all know that the Lord has done this. For the life of every living thing is in his hand.”
Job 12:7-10
There is no lack of wonders; only a lack of wonder.

I admit it. I am lost in the wonder of it all. Well, maybe not lost, but having a very good time wandering around. Writing my memoir, exploring watercolor; keeping focus on my spiritual path; learning from masters; taking a new step everyday.

It feels wonderful to enter into 2020 knowing I have completed a manuscript for my memoir, Journey Girl, Steps in Secrets and Sanctuary. 

I feel a wonderful release to come to the watercolor paper and putting some shapes, lines, texture, and color on it to see what together, the paper and I, can co-create.

It is breathtaking to be really looking into the God-created nature around me and right under my feet. I can write about or create an image of what is the handiwork of the Great Artist who made all. I can deepen my spiritual center by Lectio Divina, and listening to the written word given us. I can make a Quest Circle and enter the traveling community on-line to process, through art, what is my daily reality.

I can breath easily and freely.

 

It is stabalizing to me to have a room dedicated to the work and the wonder of words and art.

I am so thankful to all those who have helped me find and explore the wonders of this literary and artfilled path;  Janet Conner, JoAnn Deck, Cat Caracelo, Angela Fehr, Carla Sonheim, Mary Gilkerson, Christine Valters Paintner,  Karen and Robert Gifford, Betty Lue Lieber and Robert Walton,  Catherine Anderson, Diana Marra,  Anita Lehman, to name the ones I am most connected to. There are others.

It is a wonderful start to 2020.

 

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